A grandmother seeks a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, Laurel (Hayley Mills)who manages to drive away each and every one so far by exposing their past, with a record of three in one week! When an applicant named Miss Madrigal (Deborah Kerr) with a mysterious past manages to get the job, Laurel vows to expose her. Meanwhile, Laurel's married-divorced-married mother tries to get her back. This is a terrific film with solid performances by Kerr and Mills. It's always a joy to watch Ms. Kerr perform in her films because she never disappoints. The Chalk Garden features her in one of her best films. And Hayley Mills holds her own as Laurel. The Chalk Garden is one of my favorite films.